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National

Many 911 call centers are understaffed, and the job has gotten harder

More cities are adopting alternative response models, where mental health clinicians respond instead of police. The question of who to send usually rests with 911 workers, who are often overworked and overstressed.

Hiring accelerated in the U.S. in March, adding 303,000 jobs, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.8%, staying under 4% for more than two full years. People walk past a Home Depot in San Rafael, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy

Construction boom helps fuel job gains in March

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Construction boom helps fuel job gains in March

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Many 911 call centers are understaffed, and the job has gotten harder

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Jeremy Kimbrell has worked at the Mercedes plant in Vance, Ala., since 1999. Having been involved in several failed union drives, he says this latest one feels different. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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UAW Goes South

Seeking to defy history, the UAW is coming closer to unionizing in the South

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Seeking to defy history, the UAW is coming closer to unionizing in the South

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Cellist Maya Beiser has reimagined Terry Riley's pioneering work In C, which helped launch the style of music called minimalism. Boyang Hu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Reviews

Cellist Maya Beiser's variation on a minimalist manifesto

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Cellist Maya Beiser's variation on a minimalist manifesto

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